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Crispy Quinoa Cakes with Arugula & Sweet Potatoes

Crispy Quinoa Cakes with label

Vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free These crispy quinoa cakes are packed with arugula, sun-dried tomatoes, sweet potatoes, shallots and sunflower seeds.  Delicious!  My husband says he loves them over salmon cakes.  And they actually stay together very well. They pair well over an arugula salad with avocado and roasted sweet potatoes and drizzled with […]

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Mayo-Free Coleslaw featured in Soom Tahini’s Best of 2014 Cookbook

My mayo-free coleslaw was recently featured in a fantastic (and free) online cookbook.  You can access the full cookbook here.  Flip through to page 20 to find my recipe for Mayo-Free Coleslaw and enjoy! Tweet

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Easy Dinner Idea with Precut Veggies: Shaved Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

My Shaved Brussels Sprouts recipe was recently featured on Shaved Brussels Sprouts: A Totally New Rendition If you’ve never been a big fan of Brussels sprouts, it’s probably because you’ve never had them thinly sliced. Eating them this way is a completely different experience, since the slaw-like slices get more completely covered in whatever you’re flavoring […]

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Healthy Latkes: Baked Not Fried

Baked Latkes

Try this nutritious twist on latkes: skip frying & try baking. Don’t worry, they will still be crispy… Latkes can be a wonderfully healthful snack any time of year — not just Hanukkah fare. This recipe uses egg whites instead of whole eggs and uses skin-on potatoes. The skin, which has more nutrients than the […]

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Summertime Quinoa-Peach Salad

Summertime Quinoa

This recipe was inspired by my good friend, Kristin, who brought a similar dish to our summertime BBQ.  It was perfectly light and a total crowd pleaser.  It vanished pretty fast.  It is served at room temperature or slightly chilled which is great for summertime sides.  It also can serve as an easy and satisfying […]

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Rustic Tomato-Avocado Salad

  Bored of lettuce-based salads? This simple “salad” features chunks of vine-ripe tomatoes , avocado and red bell pepper.  It is freshly seasoned with extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, green onions, garlic, black pepper and onion salt.  It makes for an easy to prepare, low-calorie and refreshing side to go with any summer BBQ. […]

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Detox Quinoa Spinach Salad (gluten-free + vegan)

This quinoa salad has it all!  Recently, I’ve been bored with healthy lunchtime options and wanted to create an exciting dish that provides a healthy source of lasting energy for lunch on-the-go.  This recipe features my all time favorite grain: quinoa (gluten-free and a complete protein).  It gets healthy fat from both avocado and walnuts […]

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes

This recipe is perfect for holiday dinners.  It is simple, classic and oh so healthy! Sweet potatoes are such a wonderful vegetable.  They provide a good source of dietary fiber and are high in vitamins A and C. Plus, they are a good source of potassium. Make sure you select sweet potatoes with smooth skin (avoid cracks, […]

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Treasure Hunt Brown Rice

Healthy Brown Rice Recipe

Adding some fun and unique ingredients to brown rice takes it from ho-hum to WOW!  Try adding these delicious (and nutritious) food “treasures” including pine nuts, golden raisins and chunks of both champagne mango and avocado to make this dish a real crowd pleaser.  Also works well with chunks of nectarine or peach (perfect for […]

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Ayurvedic Cauliflower “Rice”

Ayurvedic Cauliflower “Rice”

Guest Blog Post: The below post is from my friend, Melissa Biber. While I have always been interested in Ayurvedic Medicine, it was not until this past Spring when I spent time at an Ashram becoming certified in Ayurvedic nutrition that I began to incorporate Ayurvedic principles into my daily life. The term Ayurveda derives from […]

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Shaved Brussel Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

Follow my blog with Bloglovin My mom’s favorite vegetable is brussels sprouts, but I have honestly never been a huge fan.  I find they can be bitter or sometimes just plain boring.  And, when they are tasty, they are usually covered in unhealthy sauces or loaded with butter.  So, as I was preparing my mom’s […]

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Mashed Lima Beans

Mashed Lima Beans

This unique twist on the classic mashed potatoes is much easier (and faster) to make since frozen lima beans cook quickly and don’t require any peeling.   Plus, lima beans are packed with fiber, protein and important nutrients to keep you healthy.   Their light green color is gorgeous paired with any entrée. Lima beans are considered […]

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Mayo-Free Coleslaw


This healthy side dish is a great alternative to salad. Cabbage is an inexpensive veggie and full of fiber, vitamin C & K and other important antioxidants. Rather than the typical mayo-based dressing, this recipe uses a light dressing loaded with herbs. Adding the nectar, granny smith apple, pistachios and avocado takes coleslaw from basic […]

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Avocado Basil Brown Rice

healthy green goddess brown rice recipe

This creamy and flavorful side dish can be easily transformed into a main dish by adding your favorite protein. Ingredients Shown with Black Beans 1.5 cups of brown rice (I use Trader Joe’s Frozen Brown Rice – Microwaves in 3 minutes) Blend this in a mini food processor: 1 avocado 1 cup fresh basil leaves […]

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Tex Mex Quinoa

I’m always looking for new ways to prepare quinoa.  This southwest twist takes quinoa from basic to flavorfully fun and colorful.  The addition of the black beans is great for added protein and fiber.  Top with an avocado and extra lime juice just before serving for an extra wow factor. Ingredients ½ cups dry quinoa […]

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Pistachio and Cranberry Studded Quinoa

There are so many fun ways to cook quinoa.  This particular recipe is one of my all time favorites. The nutty flavor of the pistachios combined with the tart and sweet flavor of the cranberries makes this quinoa oh-so-special.  And, the colors add a festive note to any holiday meal.  Serves 4-6 Ingredients 2 tbsp […]

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Easy Cauliflower Mash

The point of this recipe is not to say that potatoes are bad – this is simply an opportunity to incorporate cauliflower in a fun way into your meal. Cauliflower is an excellent source of vitamin C and is low in calories (just 15 calories per serving versus 70 calories per serving of potato). Cauliflower […]

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Tomato Avocado “Bruschetta”

Basil, Garlic, Shallots – oh my! Raw, fresh produce can be more exciting than the go-to salad option if the right seasonings are used to bring out the natural flavor within these nutritional powerhouses. Classic bruschetta is made with buttered, toasted bread topped with tomato salad. For a healthy alternative, enjoy the tomato salad on […]

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Broccoli Slaw with Lemon Hummus Tahini Dressing

This is a healthy twist on the traditional coleslaw.  It makes a great side dish at a bar-b-que (save this one for summertime).  The thick lemon hummus tahini dressing makes a great substitute for mayonnaise used in traditional coleslaw. Slaw 6 cups raw broccoli slaw 1 leek, sliced 1 cup shredded carrots 1 cup green […]

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Quinoa is my favorite grain!  It is a complete protein that pairs well with any dish.  It is light, fluffy and absorbs flavor well.  Make this dish once and you will be addicted to quinoa.  Once you try quinoa you never go back! Ingredients 2 cups low sodium broth 1 cup quinoa 1 shallot, diced […]

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